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New Moon Rocket Damaged in Test Flight, NASA Says

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NASA has discovered a large dent on its brand-new moon rocket after the booster splashed into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of a test flight this week.

The damage to the new Ares I-X rocket, which launched from Florida Wednesday on a short test flight, was spotted by a diving team sent to recover the booster's first stage. The first stage — a giant solid rocket booster — was dented near its base.

NASA spokesperson Amber Philman told SPACE.com that the space agency is still awaiting word on what may have caused the damage. 

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Either the second stage struck it soon after separation or it buckled upon impact with the ocean. 


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